On May 19, Education Innovation Laboratory, led by Riga Business School as a structural unit of Riga Technical University in cooperation with MIT J-WEL, welcomed more than a hundred representatives of the Latvian higher education sector and organizations at the National Library of Latvia to give a green light for the further development of two education innovation Leader programs and six education innovation projects. Both initiatives are aimed at creating contemporary education processes, governance, and effective changes in Latvia, with solutions developed in cooperation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which is part of the league of top universities in the world. In the opening event, Hanna Adeyema, Director of the MIT Bootcamps, represented MIT, hosting a workshop and sharing her experience.

Three partners are responsible for designing and developing these programs. The Ministry of Education and Science funds the project, Riga Business School, as a structural unit of Riga Technical University within the Education Innovation Lab initiative, ensures the implementation of the project, and the main strategic partner in these programs is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Education Laboratory MIT J-WEL.

I would like to express gratitude for the privilege of being part of last week’s event because, as a representative of MIT, I had the opportunity to meet face-to-face with change agents working in the higher education sector in Latvia. I can see that Latvia has chosen the right path to establish and develop cooperation with MIT. This will give opportunities to build experience and broaden knowledge in innovation in education. I was honored to share our experience with representatives of the Latvian education sector and organizations, encouraging them to develop networking with MIT in both programs.

Hanna Adeyema, Director, MIT Bootcamps

The programmes will enable 74 Latvian education, public administration and business leaders to acquire new competences, learn about best practices from abroad and receive expert support to implement their ideas in Latvia. More information about the programmes can be found here: Leader Program – Innovation Education.

The Leaders Program, led by the Education Innovation Lab, provides an opportunity for high-level leaders in higher education and different organizations to learn about structuring, managing, financing, and interacting effectively with innovation initiatives. The Education Innovation Leaders Program is divided into two separate sub-programs. The Ecosystem Innovation Project Management Group will implement specific projects, while the Strategic Ecosystem Management Group will focus more on the overall education ecosystem and strategy development.

These projects will receive support from the Education Innovation Laboratory and MIT J-WEL as part of  the Strategic Education Innovation Project Support Program:

  • Innovation and Digital Skills Development Lab, Riga Technical University
  • Establishing a modern and sustainable environment for education and innovation at the Healthcare Advancement Center, Riga Technical University and Children’s Clinical University Hospital
  • Digital platform of the unified skills monitoring system of Rīga Stradiņš University and Latvian medical institutions, Rīga Stradiņš University
  • SOS Health Communications, Rīga Stradiņš University
  • Enhancing doctoral program and providing a platform for industrial collaboration to apply innovative ideas under the new doctoral program model, University of Latvia
  • Hybrid education strategy as basis for future universities, Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies

MIT J-WEL is an education laboratory affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of the world’s top universities (ranked 1st in the QS World University Ranking 2023), with the aim of strengthening collaboration with other universities in the world and promoting excellence and transformation in education worldwide.

The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) within the project No. „Support for RTU International Cooperation Projects in Research and Innovation”.

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